New York Times Chicken with Shallots

I have two disclaimers before you continue reading this post.  First, I love anything from the onion family.  As a child, I ate raw onions and still do to this day.  Onions are a staple in my home whether they be sweet, spicy or anything in between.  Secondly, this recipe has a long lineage before making it to the Savory Kitchen.  I first heard about Chicken with Shallots from my neighbors father, who had read the article in the NY Times.  Apparently their friends had also vetted the recipe with it being so good it was served at dinner parties.  I looked it up and it actually originated from good ole Martha Stewart, but was adapted by Rishia Zimmerman, Andrew  Zimmerman’s wife.  You know him, the guy that travels the world  eating bugs on “Biazarre Foods.”  

New York Times Chicken with Shallots Recipe- one-dish chicken dinner worthy of a special occasion. Add tomatoes, lemon, chives and bacon to the already flavorful chicken gravy with caramelized shallots.

Now it is here with me and I am putting my own spin on this tried and true dish that boosts 15, yes you heard right, 15 glorious purple shallots!  I also added the bacon and chives (more from the onion family!)  I finished Chicken with Shallots with fresh lemon wedges for two reasons, one it needed more color and two, all of these flavors pair wonderfully with lemon.  I also omitted the flour breading on the chicken, but added in a little to thicken the sauce midway through reducing the gravy.Chicken with Shallots  

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New York Times Chicken with Shallots
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Caramelized shallots and chicken in a flavorful gravy.
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • Fine sea salt and pepper
  • 3 strips extra thick bacon
  • 15 whole shallots peeled and ends cut off
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon or 2 springs fresh
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup chives cut into 3-4 inch lengths
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • Pasta or rice for serving
  1. Start by rinsing the chicken and patting it dry. The key to a nice crispy skin is to start with little to no moisture on the exterior. Season well with fine sea salt and pepper.
  2. Find the largest skillet you have and melt butter over medium heat. When it starts to froth, add chicken thighs. Cook for 5-8 minutes on each side, or until browned. When you do the initial flip, add bacon around the chicken. The chicken may not be cooked in the center, which is fine, it will return to the pan later to finish. I lost a little precious chicken skin in this step, but don't worry, if you do the same, it will still taste marvelous! Remove both chicken and bacon, reserving the drippings.
  3. Add whole peeled shallots to the pan with chicken and bacon renderings. Caramelize for 15-20 minutes, carefully tossing to expose all sides to the heat. Shallots may not be all the all the way soft, but will be well on their way. The skin should be brown and blistery.
  4. Add 2 cups white wine to deglaze the pan and get all those flavor-packed browned bits off the bottom. Stir in Dijon mustard and tarragon. Return chicken and bacon to the pan, wiggling them in between your shallots.
  5. Cover and allow to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. The shallots will continue to reduce and pop open during the cooking process.
  6. Ladle out 1/2 cup of sauce and whisk with flour, return to the pan and using a large spoon, mix as best you can. Continue to reduce on low for an additional 20 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Lastly, gently toss chives and tomatoes into the dish. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges and then serve over your choice of cooked pasta or rice. Chicken with Shallots deserves a hearty "Bon Appetite!"

Chicken with Shallots

New York Times Chicken with Shallots Recipe- one-dish chicken dinner worthy of a special occasion. Add tomatoes, lemon, chives and bacon to the already flavorful chicken gravy with caramelized shallots.  



Chicken thighs are my favorite and these look amazing!

Nutmeg Nanny

This dish looks fantastic. I love shallots! Also, I totally eat raw onions too. My favorite is green onions with just a sprinkling of salt.

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

This looks absolutely scrumptous! Love your spin on it


Oh wow! So many colors and the flavor must be amazing. Your chicken itself looks so juicy! Love that!

Danielle @ We Have It All

I’ll need to try this, it looks good! I’ve never tried shallots!

Kim Beaulieu

I need this in my life. Did you save me some?

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen

W/hat a pretty dish! My brother would absolutely devour this!


I’m an onion lover too but they have to be in the right context to eat them raw. However the shallots in this dish look incredible. I bet they are so sweet and tender and you use chicken thighs which is my favorite cut!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Ok, you bring this chicken dish, I’ll bring my coconut pie and we’ll meet in the middle for an amazing dinner! HAHA

Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

I love that there are so many shallots…I don’t think you can ever have enough! It looks fantastic.

Paula - bell'alimento

You can never have too many chicken options. Love everything about this one.

Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

I totally eat raw onions, as well! I love ’em! Great dish!!

Angela {Mind Over Batter}

First. I LOVE onions too! Anything in the onion family – I don’t care – BRING IT! I love this recipe. This is going in the dinner list for sure!

Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog

I’m always looking for a new way to use chicken thighs. This looks great 🙂

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

I can’t get over how insanely delicious this looks!!!!


That is a lot of shallots! I bet it makes this dish out of this world!

Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

YUM, this looks delicious! 🙂


The chicken looks so juicy and I love the whole shallots in this dish!

Stephanie @ Back For Seconds

I love onions too, I bet this recipe would be a huge hit with me 🙂

Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox

I’m an onion lover too, especially shallots! This dish looks awesome!

Cynthia Wright

Thanks for sharing this. I’m sure my family is going to love this dish when I make it. Who doesn’t love a great pasta dish!

Tonia @TheChattyMomma

That looks mighty tasty. I wish I could work miracles like this in the kitchen.


    It’s no miracle! Just follow the recipe and I’m sure it will be fantastic!


My mom is really big on the onions too. I always have to have green onions on hand for her to eat raw when I cook dinner for her. This sounds like a dish she would absolutely love!


I love onions and anything related also! This recipe looks like a winner for my family and I can’t wait to try it. Delicious!


Oh my gosh, when can I come over. This looks seriously amazing. I love lemon on anything so I’m sold!

Angela S

Well doesn’t that look fantastic?! I get tired of the same old chicken dishes and will probably be trying this recipe.

Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

I’ve never cooked with shallots before. This recipe looks good enough for me to try for the first time. Yummm 🙂

Family Travel Blogger

Yum, this looks delicious! Defintiely something I would try – and your adiditon of the lemons and bacon make it a winner with me.


thats a great looking dish. It looks so fresh and comforting

teresa mccluskey

That chicken looks so good with all the other stuff added in! I am gonna make this for my family!


Looks great and those ingredients sound like they would taste great too. I personally love onions since the birth of the third child.

Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings

Bookmarking- I love one pot meals…and your pictures are beautiful!


    Thank you, Elizabeth!


I love the colors! I love onions just as much too!


    Yay! I’m not the only one!


This is a beautiful display. I love the seasonings!


I think I like your vamped up version better. Everybody loves onions don’t they??

April Smith Decheine

Now that is a good comfort food chicken recipe. I love the herbs and lemons. A good twist on a traditional chicken recipe.

Susanna @Zealous Mom

This looks look so delicious and healthy. I love finding new chicken recipes. I’ve pinned for later use!


I pinned this immediately! It looks so delish thanks for this recipe!!


Oh my gosh, this seriously looks AMAZING!

Carly Bellard

Oh my goodness- this looks amazing! We eat gluten-free- so all I have to do is make a quick switch with the flour and we are good to go!

Virginia @thatbaldchick

Oh my, does that ever look delicious! I love trying new chicken recipes!


This looks so delicious. What a hardy meal that is healthy!


That looks so beautiful and I’m sure it looks super yummy! What a perfect weekend meal!


That is a lot of shallots! I would love this, but I might have to make it on a night when my kids are eating something else.


I love to use onions for flavor, but I don’t actually eat them (I know. It’s weird.) This recipe sounds really great!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

You weren’t kidding! That’s a lot of onions/shallots! My nemesis! So, I shall focus on the yummy bacon!


Wow!! That looks delicious. More power to you in eating raw onions. That is definitely something I can’t do.


    I was a strange child and even odder adult, what can I say?!

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

That dish looks amazing, and so colorfful! And it sounds fairly straightforward to make!


This recipe reminds me of something my grandmother would make. It looks like a delicious comfort food recipe. I love that this recipe also includes pasta!

Debbie L.

This looks delicious!! My hubby is a excellent cook – I am showing him this recipe!

Robin (Masshole Mommy)

That sounds like a perfect summer dinner idea!! Very light and easy to make.


This recipe looks nice too! Perfect for sharing with friends and family who come to visit for summer gatherings!

Debbie Denny

That is such a beautiful dish. Love the recipe!

Liz Mays

Do you make anything that’s not pin-worthy? I think not. Pinned and am making!


    Liz, you are so sweet! In fact, there are a great many things that never make it to the blog, like the 2nd attempt at a crock pot cake that just miserably failed. Again. Grrr…


What a colorful and delicious look meal. Your pictures are great!


    Thank you, Veronica#

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

oooh! a One dish colorful meal! I’ll pin it!


    Thanks so much, Lindsey!

Kay Adeola

This looks really tasty! Thank you for sharing.

Michelle M

This recipe sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

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